Siem Reap is a most marvellous window to the world famous UNESCO World Heritage Site Angkor Temple complex, with its fascinating Khmer architecture in varying states of preservation.
Visit To Angkor Wat And Angkor Thom Today, set forth on a fascinating trip to the impressive, glorious ancient Angkor Wat (7th Wonder of the World), set in a stunning temple complex with 5 magnificent towers and vast gallery complex, whose chief attraction is the dominating Angkor Wat. See Angkor Thom, a 3kmsq walled moated Royal city having 5 gates. Visit Ta Phrom, a quiet, sprawling, jungle clad monastic complex engulfed by massive fig and silk-cotton trees.
Day Trip to Ta Phrom & Banteay Srei Venture out on a full day tour with a visit to Ta Prohm temple, considered Angkor’s most beautiful structure. Overgrown with fig tree, the magnificent roots of the trees have merged itself over centuries with the temple’s huge stone blocks. Return to Siem Reap to visit Artisans d’Angkor, and observe traditional Cambodian artisans at work as they craft beautiful items, such as stone-carved sculptures and bas reliefs, lacquered tableware, and hand-painted silks. Head onwards to the jewel of Khmer art at Banteay Srei Temple (Citadel of the Women), where you can witness red sandstone walls that exude wonderfully preserved and elaborate carvings.
Battambang is a province in the ‘heart of the Cambodian rice bowl’.
Day Trip To Wat Banan Visit Wat Banan Temple, about 25km south of Battambang town…rather like a smaller replica of the more illustrious Angkor Wat. This Angkor era ancient temple sits atop a 400m high hill (near the ‘killing caves’) close to the Sangker river, depicting architecture of the mid-11th and end-12th centuries. Prepare to climb over 350 steep steps to the hill top for stunning 360 degree panoramic views. Wat Banan with its 5 towers, was once thought to be a prototype for Angkor Wat, although now dismissed by most scholars who date the structure later than Angkor. Nearby, see Wat Ek Phnom as well. Enjoy lunch at local restaurant before visiting Wat Phnom Sampov…see local life along the Sangker River. Late afternoon, enjoy a sunset view with a private ‘Nori’ (formed by 2 sets of rail wheels, a bamboo mat and a generator) ride…also known as ‘bamboo train’. Drive back to your hotel before dinner time.
Phnom Penh offers a heady mix of bustling city life and a sincere cultural experience.
Half Day Tour of Killing Fields Situated 17km from Phnom Penh, Cheung Ek became famous by the movie ‘The Killing Fields’, a graphic depiction of the horrors that took place. Now, a large memorial has been built to commemorate the 17,000 victims who died here under the reign of Khmer Rouge leader, Pol Pot. The remnants inside the memorial and the mass graves dotting the area, are a journey into Cambodia’s past suffering under the cruelty of the Khmer Rouge regime, and allows you to appreciate the struggles of the Cambodians.
Highlights of Phnom Penh Explore the finest examples of Khmer architecture with this marvellous city tour. The Royal Palace is a grand building overlooking a tranquil plaza and still houses Cambodia’s royalty, King Sihamoni. On the south side of the palace lies the Silver Pagoda, which is aptly named as it has been crafted out of 5,329 solid silver tiles. Wander along to Wat Preah Keo Morokat, the Buddhist temple where Royal ceremonies are performed, or Wat Phmom, the namesake of the city. You can also visit The National Museum, which houses many fascinating and historical relics, and King Ang Doung Stupa, the burial site of King Norodom Sihanouk, the 20th century monarch. To respect local customs, please dress conservatively.